Every year we like to do a different March Madness style bracket challenge, with a Disney twist. This year, we’ve chosen to pit several different Walt Disney World resort hotels against each other to see which one will come out the big winner! You may be surprised who we choose!
I recently stayed at All Star Movies and was pleasantly surprised by my visit there. Going in I have not stayed at a value and was nervous about the size of the resort as well as the size of the rooms. I booked a preferred room and highly suggest others do the same. If you are at any of the values I would go ahead and book a preferred room. They are closest to the main building which is easy for quick for drinks or to catch a bus. We were in the Fantasia section building 8 room 8752. It was on the first floor as I requested and on the side facing away from the Fantasia pool. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location. It was nice and quiet and not too far to walk when you are tired at the end of the day. In the room there are two double beds, a table and two chairs. A dresser, mini fridge and TV. A curtain separates the sink and closet area which has a single sink, a shelf and bar to hang clothes as well as a small wall safe. There is also a small hair dryer in the room as well. In the bathroom there is a full shower/tub and toilet.
I felt there was adequate space to spread our 3 suitcases out and the drawers were very handy for holding snacks, devices and those things we collected along the way. There were 4 outlets that were visible and easily accessible. On a nightstand between the beds was an alarm clock which happened to be an hour off when we arrived so be sure to check the local time and also make sure the alarm isn’t set to go off. The room was very clean and we had great Mousekeeping service.
My complaint is that because we swam each day I had to call each day for additional towels because the towels just weren’t dry by the time we wanted to shower in the morning. Towels at the values are only provided at the room unlike the moderates and deluxe resorts which have towels at the pool. This is a personal preference but after a call was put in it did not take long for the towels to arrive. It does take patience though if you have to call the front desk because it is actually a call center.
The main pool was large and we never felt crowded in by other people despite swimming at all times of the day. Disney only has the pools open when lifeguards are on duty. They also provide life jackets for children which is very nice!
The lobby building was great. At the check in desk there is a TV that plays cartoons so little ones can be entertained while a parent has to be at the desk. The staff was extremely helpful in linking my FastPass for me and were so friendly.
The arcade happened to be my 6 year old’s favorite thing about the resort. It was fairly large and she loved playing skee ball. Pro tip: there are massaging chairs in the arcade, for $2 you can sit back for a little while and be pampered.
Food Court was ok, I give them big ups for having a large selection of foods and many items for grab and go. It was decent food but if I am at Disney I would much rather eat at the parks than spend the time at the resort having breakfast. My complaint was with the drinks station. Many times the machines were broken or empty. It was a bit of a sticky mess all the way around it as well. But in the mornings the coffee was out in full force which helped a lot as I am sure they go through a lot of that.
There is also a decent sized shop which has many of the items you can get in the parks but also plenty of things you might need like swimsuits, sunscreen, medication, and snacks.
The bottom line: would I stay here again? YES! The price cannot be beat. Our room was in a great location and was clean and comfortable. The only downside is the location from most of the parks can take a while and the fact that the All Star Resorts share busses at times, which means a bus may come already having visited All Start Sports and Music. These rooms are budget friendly and clean I would highly recommend staying here!